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System design and improvement of an emergency department using Simulation-Based Multi-Objective Optimization
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. (Produktion och Automatiseringsteknik, Production and Automation Engineering)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4604-6429
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. (Produktion och Automatiseringsteknik, Production and Automation Engineering)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4180-6003
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. (Produktion och Automatiseringsteknik, Production and Automation Engineering)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5100-4077
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. (Produktion och Automatiseringsteknik, Production and Automation Engineering)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0111-1776
2015 (English)In: Journal of Physics, Conference Series, ISSN 1742-6588, E-ISSN 1742-6596, Vol. 616, no 1, 012015Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Discrete Event Simulation (DES) is nowadays widely used to support decision makers in system analysis and improvement. However, the use of simulation for improving stochastic logistic processes is not common among healthcare providers. The process of improving healthcare systems involves the necessity to deal with trade-off optimal solutions that take into consideration a multiple number of variables and objectives. Complementing DES with Multi-Objective Optimization (SMO) creates a superior base for finding these solutions and in consequence, facilitates the decision-making process. This paper presents how SMO has been applied for system improvement analysis in a Swedish Emergency Department (ED). A significant number of input variables, constraints and objectives were considered when defining the optimization problem. As a result of the project, the decision makers were provided with a range of optimal solutions which reduces considerably the length of stay and waiting times for the ED patients. SMO has proved to be an appropriate technique to support healthcare system design and improvement processes. A key factor for the success of this project has been the involvement and engagement of the stakeholders during the whole process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2015. Vol. 616, no 1, 012015
Keyword [en]
Simulation, Healthcare, Multi-objective Optimization, Discrete Event Simulation, Decision Making, Emergency Department
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10965DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/616/1/012015ISI: 000357994300015Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84938118115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10965DiVA: diva2:814655
Conference
Mini EURO Conference on Improving Healthcare: new challenges, new approaches, Coimbra, Portugal, 30 March - 1 April 2015
Projects
System design and improvement of the emergency department at Skaraborg Hospital in Skövde
Available from: 2015-05-27 Created: 2015-05-27 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved

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